Update: Memorial Fund Set Up For Airman With Lexington Ties Who Was Killed In Action

Reported by: Tom Kenny
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Updated: 1/03 4:35 pm
A memorial fund has been set up for U.S. Air Force Captain David Lyon, 28, of Sandpoint, Idaho, who was killed in action overseas.

Lyon was married to Lexington-native Dana Pounds-Lyon.  She was a star student-athlete at Lexington Christian Academy.

She went on to become a two-time NCAA javelin champion. 

Like her late husband, Pounds-Lyon is a graduate of the Air Force Academy and was serving in Afghanistan at the time his death.  She was not with him at the time of the attack.

According to broadcast reports, on December 27, 2013, Captain Lyon's vehicle was attacked with an improvised explosive device (IED) in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Captain Lyon was traveling in a convoy of international troops when a suicide bomber attacked about a half-mile from NATO's Camp Phoenix base in Kabul, killing Lyon and two other service members.  Six Afghans were injured in the attack.

Captain Lyon was assigned to the 21st Logistics Readiness Squadron, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.

He was serving a year-long deployment to Afghanistan and was performing a combat advisory mission with Afghan National Army Commandos, while working with Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan.

He was scheduled to return to the United States in February.

Captain Lyon was a 5-year veteran of the Air Force, was an Air Force Academy graduate and had been stationed at Peterson since January 2010.

Captain Lyon's body is scheduled for a 'Dignified Arrival' in Colorado on Monday, January 6th.  Visitation is scheduled for Tuesday with the funeral and burial set for Wednesday at the Air Force Academy.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Captain Lyon's honor to the New Horizons Foundation. 

For more information or to make a memorial donation, click here.
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